Is There a Structure in Luke’s Travel Narrative? by Tan Geok Hock

As those who regularly visit my websites will know I am very keen to promote not just theological material produced in the West, but contributions to biblical scholarship from all over the globe. For this reason I host a number of journals published in the Majority World (e.g. Indian Journal of Theology, Melanesian Journal of Theology, etc.). I therefore wanted to mention a book published in Kindle-format which is a summary of a Master’s Thesis written by a Malaysian scholar, Tan Geok Hock, entitled Is There a Structure in Luke’s Travel Narrative?
 
This work would prove of interest to anyone studying Luke or the aspects of the Synoptic Problem that it touches upon. The author argues that the material in the travel narrative section of Luke’s Gospel is arranged thematically, rather than chronologically, into three blocks each with its own distinct theme. Viewed from this perspective the author seeks to provide solutions for a number of historical problems with traditional interpretations of the narrative. The thesis also has implications for the emphasis Luke places on the city of Jerusalem, for discipleship and suffering for one’s faith.

Although the text is not free, the research it contains is certainly worth much more than the small amount that Amazon are charging for it. As far as I am aware it is rare for a higher level thesis from the Majority World to be made widely available and such an opportunity for “cross-pollination” of Western and Eastern scholarship is surely to be encouraged. It would be wonderful to see more such material becoming available.
To purchase and download a copy of the e-book please use the Amazon links below.

Prof. Martin Hengel on Gospel Origins

For some time I have been planning to include some scholarly material in video format on my websites. This is now starting to appear as and when I am able to find time to review it. I was very pleased to find this material by Martin Hengel produced as part of The Christ Files documentary series. Based on a lifetime of scholarly research his answers are refreshing.

Martin Hengel, Interview from the Christ Files, Part 1.

Martin Hengel, Interview from the Christ Files, Part 2.

Martin Hengel, Interview from the Christ Files, Part 3.

Martin Hengel, Interview from the Christ Files, Part 4.

Gospel Perspectives Vol 1 – Your chance to choose an article

The British Library have just supplied me with a copy of Gospel Perspectives, Vols 1: Studies of History and Tradition in the Four Gospels. R.T. France & David Wenham, eds. JSOT Press, 1980. Please vote for your favourite article by 21st December – remember to say why you think it is the best. The article by Rainer Riesner is not included below because it is in German.

F.F. Bruce, “The Trial of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel,” pp.7-20.

Bruce Chilton, “Targumic Transmission and Dominical Tradition,” pp.21-46.

Peter H. Davids, “The Gospels and Jewish Tradition: Twenty Years After Gerhardsson,” pp.75-100.

R.T. France, “Mark and the Teaching of Jesus,” pp.101-137.

Sydney H.T. Page, “The Authenticity of the Ransom Logion (Mark 10:45b),” pp.137-162.

Phillip Barton Payne, “The Authenticity of the Parable of the Sower and its Interpretation,” pp.163-208.

Robert H. Stein, “The ‘Criteria’ For Authenticity,” pp.225-263.

Thanks in advance for your input.